Thanks for reading as always. I have a simple question for you: are you a generous person? Unusual generosity is not found very often these days. In fact, most people want to figure out the catch. It is almost as if they have an issue with someone giving too much?
I start there to say generosity was a problem in our text this week (Matthew 20:1-16), the Parable of the Vineyard Workers. Some workers thought that the Landowner was too generous...he gave too much money to those that came to work too late. Do you think those workers were right? Don't they have a case? The way you answer that question is really about where you locate yourself in line.
The point of the parable is less about place, and more about God's unusual generosity...God's choice to give His one and only Son as the sacrifice for my sins and for yours. This passage speaks directly to God's grace...but it also demands a response of us.
Don't you think we should be generous, like God is generous to us? Couldn't we all stand to be more generous towards others with our money, our time, and perhaps, even with grace, kindness, and compassion? Wouldn't the world be a better place?
As you prepare your heart for worship this week, look introspectively and ask yourself: am I a generous person? And before you answer, ask yourself where can I give more? My contention is that when we are generous, we are walking closely in the ways of God.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
For a couple of sports thoughts--
1. UGA over Troy
2. VA Tech over GA Tech
3. GA Southern over South Alabama
4. Mercer over Ave Maria
5. FSU over Clemson